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Morning Digest: Kurds vow to fight to the last as Islamic State tightens grip on Syrian town

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Kurds vow to fight to the last as Islamic State tightens grip on Syrian town
MURSITPINAR/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Outgunned Kurdish fighters vowed on Monday not to abandon their increasingly desperate efforts to defend the Syrian border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants pressing in from three sides and pounding them with heavy artillery..
Brazil's Rousseff in tight runoff against pro-business Neves
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff faces a tough election runoff against her pro-business rival, Aecio Neves, after he rode a dramatic late surge and won strong support in the first round of voting on Sunday..
European stocks, dollar bounce after robust U.S. jobs data
LONDON (Reuters) - European equities advanced while the dollar held near four-year highs against a basket of currencies on Monday after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data eased concerns about global growth..
Ben Affleck's 'Gone Girl' snatches U.S. box office title
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movie thriller "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck as a man suspected of causing his wife's disappearance, overcame a demonic doll named "Annabelle" to win a tight weekend race at U.S. and Canadian movie box offices..
Sweeping Royals, Orioles eye World Series spot
(Reuters) - The fairytale Kansas City Royals and resourceful Baltimore Orioles completed sweeps of their American League Division Series on Sunday to set up an intriguing best-of-seven clash with a trip to the World Series at stake..
Silicon Valley giant Hewlett-Packard to split in two: WSJ
(Reuters) - Silicon Valley stalwart Hewlett-Packard Co, which has struggled to adapt to the new era of mobile and online computing, plans to split into two companies as it looks to put more focus on the faster-growing corporate services market, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday..
Tall tale: scientists unravel the genetics of human height
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's no secret that if your dad is tall and your mother is tall, you are probably going to be tall. But fully understanding the genetics of height has been a big order for scientists..
Bounced school-lunch check may cost Washington state parent $700
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state mother may be forced to pay nearly $700 after bouncing a $30 check to pay for her two children's high school lunches, school and debt collections officials said on Friday..
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